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The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
The Healthy, deadly and strong, Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit was produced by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing. The toolkit was launched by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
The toolkit, along with a new resource called Medicines to help you stop smoking - a guide about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), will soon be rolled out to a national network of Regional Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle teams.
A key part of the work carried out by the health teams is directly tackling some of the main causes of chronic disease and early death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity.
Addressing a four-day workshop of the teams today in Canberra, Mr Snowdon said the efforts of Healthy Lifestyle Workers were already having a strong and positive effect on the ground.
In his speech, Mr Snowdon also thanked Professor Neil Thomson for the 'great work' carried out on the toolkit by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
The toolkits take a grass-roots approach, encouraging communities to develop their own healthy lifestyle activities and messages that target health priorities in individual communities.
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